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Last Updated: Friday, 1 July, 2005, 13:53 GMT 14:53 UK
Williams relishes big challenge
Lions wing Shane Williams looks relaxed in training ahead of the second Test
Lions wing Shane Williams has insisted his diminutive frame will not be a weakness in Saturday's second Test.

At 5ft 8in and 12st 1lb, Williams is one of international rugby's smallest players, but has compensated with outstanding pace and running ability.

"Size has been a concern in the past, but look at Jason Robinson - he's not much bigger than me and look what he's done in his career," said Williams.

"I thrive on games like this. The bigger the game, the more I enjoy it."

Williams missed out on selection for the first Test drubbing and is part of a new-look Lions side to face the All Blacks in Wellington, a match the Lions must win if they are to keep their series hopes alive.

The 28-year-old scored five tries in the Lions' 109-6 demolition of Manawatu on Tuesday and has impressed all tour with his willingness to test defences.

"I am on a high at the moment," he said.

"It is a massive test of my ability, and I am going to be slightly nervous, but I think it is excitement rather than nerves. If I could play the game now, I would.

"I just want to go out there, and as long as I do a job I believe I can do and don't let myself down, I will be a very happy man.

"I have worked hard on this tour, and I didn't let my head drop when I was left out of the first Test.

Size doesn't matter
Lions wing Shane Williams
"I've trained and played with a smile on my face. I've kept working and I have been given a chance, for which I am really grateful. I want to go out there and enjoy myself."

Williams, who has a strike-rate of 24 tries in 29 Tests for Wales, has had to struggle to establish himself at the elite end of international rugby.

He was taken to the 2003 World Cup as third-choice scrum-half, but remarkable performances against New Zealand and England saw him become an automatic pick on the left wing and part of Wales' Grand Slam side.

"Hopefully, I am an inspiration," he added.

"If players like me can get these six-footers down, tackle them and run around them, that's great.

"In New Zealand, they seem to have big players who are quick. But the likes of Jason Robinson and (France winger) Christophe Dominici have proved in the past that size doesn't matter."


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